Quick, get the the Prime Minister!

Paul Martin, Prime Minister of Canada, and the man who made improving Canadian-American relations a plank in the Liberal election platform last June, and who supported Canadian participation in missile defence, has now flip-flopped and said that Canada will not participate in the missile defence program.

Picture this. A ballistic missile is flying over Canadian airspace on its way to New York or Washington.

Before the U.S. considers launching a missile to defend themselves, Paul Martin expects to be consulted.

Given that a missile would likely take minutes to pass over Canada, what does Mr. Martin actually expect to happen?